Weekend Warriors are always on the hunt for a fun, cool spot to check out for some great brunch. After all, what’s better than a great brunch to start or end the weekend’s festivities? Saturday and Sunday late mornings, often going into the afternoon, are prime times to indulge yourself in great breakfast food and maybe a mimosa or Bloody Mary.

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Catch LA
8715 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 347-6060

Perched above Melrose Ave., Catch LA’s secret garden design vibes are highlighted with a fully retractable roof making it a beautiful dining destination. Their brunch menu, which is served Saturdays and Sundays, starts with sips and starters and eventually making its way to brunch classics, main dishes and even signature vegan options. Favorite items include their Gluten Free Waffle Tower, a variety of benedicts and standout cinnamon roll pancakes. Pair your brunch with a healthy green juice or a refreshing tropical spread of fresh fruit.

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Rose Café
220 Rose Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-0711

Rose Café has been serving locals and travelers alike since 1979 in the heart of Venice. Chef Jason Neroni’s menu focuses on local Southern California cuisine with an international influence from his world travels, while the bakery celebrates American classics. Brunch, which is offered to guests Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., includes specials like crispy brussels sprouts with kale pesto, parmesan and two fried eggs and the Rose breakfast burrito

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4648 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 409-0404

Kismet, a word with Persian and Turkish origins that means fate, opened in Los Feliz on January 2017. The all-day restaurant serves a Mid-East-inspired meets contemporary California menu. Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson, the duo from falafel hot spot Madcapra, source as much as possible from small, responsible growers, preparing family style eats. The brunch menu uses fresh produce to create new renditions of classic middle eastern dishes, like a fresh tomato shakshuka and a Turkish-Ish breakfast. brunch is served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day.

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400 S Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-7015

P.Y.T. is chef Josef Centeno’s (Bäco Mercat, Bar Amá, Orsa & Winston) vegetable-focused restaurant, opened in the fall of 2016 and located in the Historic Core of DTLA. The menu features creative dishes featuring produce that he selects from farmers markets and receives from the garden of a local school. Brunch is offered Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an abundance of colorful options. Brunch items include: Coconut Labneh, Hand-Milled Grain Porridge, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Tomato Tart and vegetable salads.

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Maestro Pasadena
110 E Union St.
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 787-1512

Located in Old Town Pasadena, Maestro is an authentic Mexican restaurant and Mezcaleria offering elevated comfort food and cocktails. The first fine dining foray for Maestro Group opened in January of 2017 and has quickly become a local favorite. Maestro brings a modern elevated Mexican spin on classic brunch items, served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Paying homage to authentic restaurants in Mexico, the menu highlights include the huevos rancheros and breakfast tacos

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2649 Mission St.
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 441-2290

Julienne has been a staple in Pasadena for 35 years with both indoor and patio seating. Some signature dishes include their baked creme brûlée French toast, candied bacon with brown sugar, Julienne chilaquiles, buttermilk pancakes, their signature chicken tarragon salad and their seafood pasta. After eating, guests can peruse the gourmet market and gift shop that carries items specially curated by the owner Julie Campoy. Stop by for brunch on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., before hitting the Huntington Gardens or the Rose Bowl Flea Market.

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Mastro’s Ocean Club
18412 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 454-4357

Mastro’s Ocean Club is the company’s oceanfront celebrity hotspot located right off the PCH with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The brunch menu, served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., includes indulgent morning fare with selections such as a Maine lobster benedict, their New York Strip steak and eggs, and side dishes including Thick Cut Nuseke’s bacon or lobster mashed potatoes. Mastro’s signature brunch cocktails include the Basil Mary or Bloody Maria, a unique Bloody made with premium tequila, Cholula, lime juice and garnished with olives, and celery.

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Breakfast by Salt’s Cure
7494 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 848-4879

Chris Phelps of Salt’s Cure brings breakfast all day to West Hollywood. Located in the original Salt’s Cure location, Phelps invites guests to enjoy a hybrid between a modern quick-service spot and a pancake house. Diners are treated to the crave-worthy oatmeal griddle cakes made famous by Salt’s Cure, with new flavors like apple pie, banana nut, blueberry crumble and chocolate chip. Eggs, sausage patties, molasses cured picnic ham, and hash browns are available as sides. Breakfast is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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catalina kitchen
Terranea Resort
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 265-2836

Located in the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, catalina kitchen’s menu showcases the bounty of California. The restaurant re-opened in January 2017 and features an open kitchen, chic dining room and expansive outdoor patio with unrivaled views of the Pacific Ocean. Quickly becoming a favorite among resort guests and locals alike, is their brunch which is offered on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The expansive menu includes an eggs benedict station, a chefs garden table, a carving board station, special chef’s creations, a local seafood and sushi bar, a selection of cheeses and charcuterie and much more.

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108 W 2nd St #104
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 221-7466

At Badmaash, chef Pawan Mahendro prepares modern takes on many Indian classics. The DTLA establishment offers brunch on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features Indian-influenced dishes such as pork belly hash, railway masala omelet and Bombay grilled cheese, and refreshing Mango Mimosas.

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Pez Cantina
401 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 258-2280

Pez Cantina is the latest project by former Patina Executive Chef and co-founder of Milk Ice Cream Parlor, Bret Thompson. The sustainable Coastal Mexican-style restaurant and bar serves the freshest sea-to-land dishes in an oasis-type atmosphere. Saturday brunch offers an a la carte menu with bottomless mimosas, draft beers and margarita options. On Sunday, enjoy an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet along with drink options. With a mix of French and Mexican cuisine, family style, specials include the Dungeness Crab benedict, a horchata French toast and a “Mariscos” table.

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The Front Yard
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
(818) 255-7290

The Garland’s on-property restaurant, The Front Yard, features an outdoor patio with a fireplace, several interior dining rooms with a private dining room in the back, and a big bar with various booths and a communal table. Offering guests modern Californian fare and signature craft cocktails like the Jumpin’ Jack Flash cereal cocktail, guests can also enjoy brunch on the weekend with standout brunch dishes like their Nutella stuffed French toast, a hot chicken biscuit and a wildberry pop tart.

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Delicat at the Tuck Hotel
820 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 947-3815

The Tuck in DTLA’s Art’s District offers brunch at their on-site restaurant Delicat. Spanish-inspired bites and cocktails within the hotel’s chic restaurant are offered. With several Michelin star restaurant experiences under his belt, Torre has created a thoughtful menu boasting bold flavors using only the best ingredients from around the world. Brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday and with these three dishes highlighting the menu: tortilla de patata, smoked salmon & crispy steamed bread and a 24 hour in house smoked brisket.

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11677 San Vicente Blvd #200
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 954-9495

Brentwood’s hottest new seafood spot has their seafood flown in daily. The restaurant recently launched brunch which is served Saturdays and Sundays until 4 p.m. On their outdoor patio with lounge seating and a succulent wall, enjoy their extensive bar program and classic dishes. Standout brunch dishes include The Bae, a tasty shakshouka and house-cured salmon gravlax.

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Alma at The Standard
The Standard, Hollywood
8300 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 822-3131

Following a successful six-month pop-up, Alma gained permanent residency at The Standard, Hollywood in mid-2016. Chef Ari Taymor and Ashleigh Parsons oversee the kitchen and serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch until 2:30 p.m. With an emphasis on seasonality and sustainability, their menu is sourced from local Southern Californian farmers. Brunch specials include the English muffin egg sandwich, coffee granola and the alma doughnut.

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Rudy & Hudson California Diner
1920 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(424) 581-6444

Mixing the style of a classic New York City luncheonette and a iconic California roadside coffee shop, Rudy & Hudson serves a menu of traditional yet elevated diner fare, including breakfast served all day. Brunch is served every day and includes popular menu items like their truffle Jack cheese omelet and the coffee waffles with toasted pecans, whipped cream and maple syrup.

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114 E 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 788-1191

Inside the former rectory building of Vibiana, Redbird delights guests with Chef Neal Fraser’s modern American cuisine and an extensive cocktail menu by Tobin Shea. Designer Robert Weimer and Amy Knoll Fraser created a dynamic space that pays homage to the cathedral next door while adding simple modern forms to complement. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday and includes specials like the BLD ricotta pancakes and biscuits & gravy with red eye rabbit sausage and sunny side up eggs.

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Odys + Penelope
127 South La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-1033

Fire and wood are at the heart of Odys + Penelope where acclaimed husband and wife chef team Quinn and Karen Hatfield showcase their inventive, seasonal Brazilian cuisine. The casual and relaxed restaurant features an open kitchen and a full bar which offers handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, and wines by the glass and bottle. For their weekend brunch, every Saturday and Sunday, they serve small bites and starters and breakfast mains like their signature cornmeal ricotta pancakes and porchetta eggs benedict.

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Huckleberry Bakery and Café
1014 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-2311

Huckleberry has been known for its brunch since opening in 2009. With long lines spilling out the door, Huckleberry is a must for brunch. Signature items include the fried egg sandwich, green eggs & ham and Zoe’s maple bacon biscuits.

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The Cannibal 
8850 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 838-2783

Located at the new PLATFORM building in Culver City, The Cannibal LA opened in May of 2016 and is the new West Coast outpost of the popular NYC-based beer and butcher-focused restaurant. Known for it’s charcuterie, top-notch beer program and burgers, the restaurant debuted its meat-centric brunch two months later. Brunch is served on Saturday’s and Sunday’s and offers dishes like The Cannibal benedict, and biscuits and gravy. But, don’t forget to check out their steak & eggs section on the menu.

Jarone Ashkenazi is a freelance writer who covers: restaurants, bars, dating, relationships, sports and other lifestyle topics. View more work at www.jaroneashkenazi.com. Connect with him on Twitter at @JaroneAsh.